Questions & Answers

The Prevent duty is not intended to stop discussion of controversial issues.

By providing a safe environment where pupils are encouraged to discuss social and political issues, you can help build their resilience to extremist ideas and prepare them for an active role in society.

There are many ways to help build children’s resilience against radicalisation in the classroom, including discussing issues around extremism and terrorism directly with your class. Schools and childcare providers can also build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance with those of different faiths and beliefs, and enabling them to challenge extremist views. Schools are already expected to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and, within this, fundamental British values. Advice on promoting fundamental British values is available here.

Material on the strengths, advantages and challenges of democracy, and how democracy and the law works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries can also be included in the curriculum.

You could show democracy in action by introducing a school council whose members are voted for by the pupils, and hold mock elections to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view.

Also, make time to discuss issues around identity, difference and tolerance. Subject Associations, particularly PSHE, RS and Citizenship Associations, will be well placed to advise on engaging ways to promote British values and teach tolerance.

There are also many resources available, including lesson plans and multi-media resources that can help you address issues relating to extremism and radicalisation sensitively and in an engaging and age-appropriate manner. These can be found on the homepage of this website.


Popular Resources

Suggestions and guidance on how to engage with antisemitism in the classroom, including ways to talk about the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Guides and resources for setting up a debate club in your school, and details of the Institute of Ideas’ national Debating Matters Competition.

Session plans for young people, exploring how democracy works and encouraging students to see themselves as active members of society.

Short films and classroom exercises which encourage critical thinking and challenge myths in order to build resilience to extremism.

Lawyers who work with small groups of students to explore a range of legal topics, such as human rights, consumer law and intellectual property.

Magistrates who visit schools, colleges and community groups to discuss how our justice system works, including how verdicts and sentences are decided.

Ways to engage with the democratic process at Westminster, including augmented reality experiences at the Parliamentary Education Centre.

Members of the House of Lords visit schools and colleges to talk and answer questions about their work and their role in our parliamentary system.